New Report In Canada Study Series Focuses On Alberta

By Pamela Osmond-Johnson, Ken Zeichner, and Carol Campbell
April 2018
Vol. 39 No. 2
DEMOGRAPHICS AND GOVERNANCE As Canada’s fourth most populated province, Alberta is a multilingual and ethnically diverse province with a population of 4.1 million people, mostly concentrated in its cities and their surrounding suburbs. Children can attend private or charter schools, though 97% of the province’s 690,844 students are enrolled in one of the 2,388 publicly funded schools, about 9% of which identify as First Nations, Metis, or Inuit (FNMI) (Alberta Education, 2016a). Education for First Nations students living on reserves is the responsibility of the federal government. The provincial Ministry of Education, known as Alberta Education, is responsible for developing curriculum, overseeing assessment, and setting the policy direction for education, including making provisions for the funding of public education. Local governance is the responsibility of

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New report in Canada study series focuses on Alberta

This is an excerpt from The State of Educators’ Professional Learning in Alberta: Executive Summary (Learning Forward, 2018), part of a series produced by Learning Forward. Coinciding with the 2016 Annual Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Learning Forward commissioned and supported a study of professional learning across the nation of Canada.

A research team led by Carol Campbell, associate professor of leadership and educational change at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, examined the professional learning that educators experience in the provinces and territories of Canada. The study identifies key components and features of effective professional learning and highlights findings from what educators in the nation experience.

All of the reports in the series are available online at


Alberta Education. (2015a). Teacher growth, supervision, and evaluation policy. Available at

Alberta Education. (2015b). Alberta teacher workload study. Available at

Alberta Education. (2016a). Student population. Available at

Alberta Education. (2016b). School and authority index. Available at

Alberta Teachers’ Association. (2010). A framework for professional development in Alberta. Available at

Alberta Teachers’ Association. (2015). PD survey 2014: A retroactive in brief. Available at

Alberta Teachers’ Association. (2016). Member engagement survey. Unpublished data.
Beauchamp, L., Klassen, R., Parsons, J., Durksen, T., & Taylor, L. (2014). Exploring the development of teacher efficacy through professional learning experiences – Final report. Available at

Campbell, C., Osmond-Johnson, P., Faubert, B., Zeichner, K., & Hobbs-Johnson, A. (2016). The state of educators’ professional learning in Canada: Executive Summary. Oxford, OH: Learning Forward.

Campbell, C., Osmond-Johnson, P., Faubert, B., Zeichner, K., & Hobbs-Johnson, A. (2017). The state of educators’ professional learning in Canada: Final research report. Oxford, OH: Learning Forward.

Education Partners. (2006). A guide to comprehensive professional development planning. Available at

Shirley, D. & McEwen, L. (2009). AISI: A qualitative case study. In A. Hargreaves et al. (Eds.), The learning mosaic: A multiple perspective review of the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) (pp. 51-61). Available at

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